In 1536, Henry VIII married his third wife, Jane Seymour. She had been the lady-in-waiting to his first two wives. The new queen would end up dying in childbirth; she was the only wife of Henry VIII to give birth to a son (he later became Edward VI).
On this day in 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska act went into law. This act established the territories of Nebraska and Kansas, and repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820. It allowed new territories to vote on whether they would be a free state or a slave state when they eventually reached statehood. This would later lead to problems when pro-slavery and abolitionist supporters flocked to the territories so that their side would win the vote. It also led to more than one violent clash, and led the United States further towards the Civil War.
In 1859, Big Ben, a clock located in the Palace of Westminster in London, rang for the very first time. Today, Big Ben is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the country.
It's hard to imagine the United States Capitol, Washington D.C., without the Lincoln Memorial. It was dedicated in 1922. Most people living today would have great or great great grandparents that remember a time when it did not exist.
In May 1989 in Tiananmen Square in China, the Square was full of student demonstrators who were demonstrating for more democracy in their communist country. On this day, the "Goddess of Democracy" statue was revealed. While the statue does have some similarities to the Statue of Liberty, the designers of the statue did not plan the resemblance. The statue was destroyed by soldiers on June 4, but replicas of the statue appear in several locations around the world today.
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